Help! (1965)

Help! (1965)




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In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again aim for a mix of goofy comedy and sterling pop music. There is slightly more of a plot this time, though it is a patently ridiculous one: a sacred ruby ring comes into Ringo's possession, attracting the unwelcome attention of an exotic religious cult and forcing the boys to go on the run. This chase narrative is thankfully never taken too seriously, serving mainly as an excuse for colorful excursions to international locations from Europe to the Bahamas. The musical numbers include such classic tunes as "Ticket to Ride," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," and, of course, "Help!". ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Beatles The
as Themselves
Leo McKern
as Clang
Victor Spinetti
as Prof. Foot
Roy Kinnear
as Algernon
Patrick Cargill
as Superintendent
Alfie Bass
as Doorman
Peter Copley
as Jeweller
Bruce Lacey
as Lawnmower
Golda Casimir
as Cleaner in Temple
Rupert Holliday Evans
as Priest, Thug
Gretchen Franklin
as Woman in Street
Andrea Malandrinos
as Austrian Waiter
Dandy Nichols
as Woman in Street
Mal Evans
as Cross Channel Swimmer
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
Top Critic

A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Madcap, nonsensical romp with the Beatles.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

A fascinatingly manic adventure-comedy that doesn't always work as well as it might, but has worn much better than some of the other films made in the same vein at the same time.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

Beatles fans have always been too kind in overlooking the film's obvious flaws.

October 7, 2007
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Help!

There's a script and lights and cameras and all that film tomfoolery, but that's of the least concern to the boys who openly flaunt their too-cool-for-film rock personas (and, in a way, they're absolutely right). Nonetheless, here at the internet school of film critique we take these matters seriously and so, yes, Lester has the boys riff the Marx Brothers and James Bond's droll wit to no end, but that's not a bad thing. And there's always the music!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Help! You're going to need it if you're a Beatles fan who hasn't seen this movie! I love this movie it's my favourite of the Beatles' movies. It combines great songs and a great comedy plot. I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Ohhhhhh...... what is going on? Does anyone know? I love those movies where you just know what everyone is having fun. This is certainly one of them. It doesn't make sense. The plot is terrible. The script is meh, the acting isn't much better. But it's funny! And weird. AND I loved some of the camera work. No, really. Ticket to Ride was really great.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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